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    Latest News
    A doctor’s view of our IBD Family Information Days

    Following recent IBD Family Information Days in Edinburgh and Cobham, CICRA’s Honorary Medical Director Dr Richard Ha…

    40 years of research and support

    In 1978, it was very rare to see crohns or colitis in children., but nearly 40 years later, there has been a dramatic in…

    Our bold new strategy – childhood unlimited by inflammatory bowel disease

    In 2018, we will have been supporting children with crohns and colitis, and their families, for forty years. In that tim…

    Our 2018 resolutions – seven commitments for the new year

    Keep children at the centre of all we do
    We are a children’s charity. They are both our purpose and our motivation. In …

    Our Work

    CICRA is the only UK registered charity formed solely to support the ever increasing number of children and young adults with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease – IBD) and their families.  When the charity was formed in 1978 there were no paediatricians specialising in Crohn’s and Colitis in children so CICRA  set up a Fellowship Scheme and many of the leading doctors treating children and young people throughout the UK today have had their specialist training through this scheme.  CICRA continues to offer this opportunity to young doctors  wishing to specialise in gastroenterology.

    To support the families CICRA offers literature, telephone help, a ‘Can’t Wait’ toilet card, an E-Pal scheme for children and parents and organises family IBD information days  in all regions of the UK.  This gives  families, children and young  adults the opportunity to ‘meet the specialists’ in small discussion groups and importantly for children and young people to be able to mix with others in their own age group.

    CICRA also supports other peer reviewed medical and scientific research, through three further funding streams, aimed at finding more effective treatments and an eventual cure for Crohn’s and Colitis






    Funding Opportunities

    The CICRA Trustees have decided that as we are currently funding 2 x 3 year Fellowships, 3 x 3 year PhD studentships and 2 research projects we will not be advertising new grants in 2017. It is the 40th Anniversary of the charity in 2018 so we are putting all our efforts into making this a bumper fundraising year so that during 2018 we can advertise a record amount for new research to take us forward into 2019……
    The bursary and John Earnshaw awards will continue as usual.

    Applications are invited  at any time from UK based health professionals, and students involved in IBD research, for CICRA bursary grants of up to £400 to help with costs for attending scientific/medical meetings or related training courses.

    Applications for the annual John Earnshaw Award of £1,000 are invited from CICRA funded Research Fellows, and others in training in the area of Paediatric IBD, specifically to help with costs of attending UK and International scientific/educational congresses.

    For further details please CLICK HERE.